Vice President Biden and Honorable Guests Tour CityArchRiver Project

Emma Klues | May 27, 2014
On May 13th, NRPA Board of Directors member Susan Trautman, CPRP, had the great honor of welcoming Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to St. Louis, Missouri. It was an exciting day to hear such honored guests laud the important work of practicing conservation, promoting recreation and building parks! Read more

Zombie Survival: Walk Softly and Carry a Big Stick

Ann Cejka | May 20, 2014
The fort is impressive. A sturdy riverbank willow, felled a good six foot above the ground by heavy flooding, forms the natural backbone of the debris shelter. The ZRF (Zombie Resistance Force) troops, some raw recruits and other battle hardened veterans of past years’ skirmishes with the undead, have spent most of their morning framing out their survival shelter with whatever deadfall limbs they could gather from the remote riverbank –preferably willow, if they can find it. Willow is, after all, the “tree of life” and therefore anathema to the undead monsters that cannot bear its regenerative life-giving properties. Read more

Journey to Healthier Lifestyles through Commit to Health

Kim Chappelow-Lee | May 19, 2014
When out of school time (OST) programs first began to appear back in the early 1980’s they were seen primarily as safe havens where kids could spend the late afternoon hours while their parents were still at work. Park and recreation agencies were quick to get involved in this rapidly growing and evolving industry doing what we do best, keeping kids active and engaged in numerous games, sports and group socialization activities.  It was a simple formula that worked well.  Kids were noisy, active and happy. Read more

5 Ways to Celebrate Kids to Parks Day

Jessica Culverhouse | May 15, 2014
If you’re a regular Open Space reader, you may have seen my first blog for NRPA, 5 Ideas for Exploring Nature with Kids this Winter. Mercifully, that long, white winter is behind us, and it’s time to shed the extra layers of clothing and head back to the park to enjoy spring: the season of renewal and rebirth. There is so much to do in the park during the springtime – from baseball games to busy afternoons at the playground. Spring is also great time to get into the park to enjoy the wonders of the natural world as plants and wildlife reemerge from their winter rest. Read more

Why Certify Youth Sports Coaches

Ronald Strickler, Jr, CPRP | May 14, 2014
Offering organized sports, especially for youth, is a significant part of what community park and recreation departments do to help kids stay healthy, bring a community closer and make a positive impact on the quality of life for so many.  To make the programs a success, many park and recreation departments rely on volunteers and parents to help with coaching, organizing and inspiring the children involved. These programs are often a child’s first interaction with a team sport so it is important to know you have qualified and prepared coaches. The NRPA Young Professional Network (YPN) is back with their latest vlog (video blog) with information on the importance of training and certification for youth sports coaches and even the parents in the stands. Read more

Community Connections in Charlotte

Danielle Taylor | May 7, 2014
A few weeks ago, Danielle Taylor, Senior Editor of Parks & Recreation Magazine traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to visit Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Park, the site of NRPA’s 2014 Parks Build Community (PBC) project. Here she expounds on why this site will be a lesson in the importance of park access. Read more

Springtime Changes

Samantha Bartram | May 6, 2014
Each month, as you crack the spine of a fresh Parks & Recreation Magazine, we hope the experience is both exciting and familiar. Exciting in that you’re delving into a cache of brand-new stories and updates from around our industry, and familiar in the way those items are presented, section by section. Read more

Fridays are for Facebooking

Roxanne Sutton | May 2, 2014
Ah, Friday afternoons. Time for thinking about happy hours, weekend plans and Facebook posts. Wait. Facebook posts? Roxanne Sutton, NRPA’s Senior Marketing and Communications Specialist and honorary social media maven, has the latest scoop on a new analysis reported on in Time that uncovers some interesting findings about Facebook and the best time to post to get the most visibility. And she offers ways for you to take advantage of this new information. Read more

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